Blue Jays choose Marco Estrada, not David Price, to start Game 1 of ALCS

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Toronto announced its rotation for the ALCS against the Royals and Marco Estrada will get the Game 1 assignment, followed by David Price in Game 2, Marcus Stroman in Game 3, and R.A. Dickey in Game 4.

Price last pitched Monday, throwing 50 pitches in relief, and hasn’t started a game since October 8. From a rest and workload standpoint he’d almost surely be ready to start Game 1 of the ALCS tomorrow night, but Blue Jays manager John Gibbons continues to shy away from placing trust in the former Cy Young winner who was acquired in a midseason trade to headline the rotation. Price went 18-5 with a league-leading 2.45 ERA and 225 strikeouts in 220 innings this season, including a 2.93 ERA in two starts versus Kansas City, but his career playoff track record is shaky.

Assuming the Blue Jays stick with that planned rotation Estrada, Price, and Stroman would each start twice in a seven-game series, with Stroman lined up for a potential Game 7.